Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim-Agan and Cheminova Petition EPA to Consider Ag Stakeholder Input on Endangered Species Restrictions

01/20/2010 -

Three crop protection product manufacturers – Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim-Agan of North America and Cheminova – have filed a petition calling on EPA to adopt transparent procedures allowing public notice and comment on Endangered Species Act decisions. The petition is prompted by the essentially ad hoc process that EPA is currently using to impose label amendments and county-specific restrictions related to salmon in more than 112 million acres of key agricultural and timber production areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.

The petition calls on EPA to:

  • Provide manufacturers with timely notice of proposed amendments to county bulletins
  • Solicit input from manufacturers and agricultural stakeholders prior to implementing changes
  • Use standard regulatory procedures in addressing disputes about bulletin content
  • Provide specific guidance on how these regulatory procedures will be applied

While EPA’s imminent actions concern three products – chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion – the process the Agency is using will set a precedent for establishing similar restrictions on hundreds of other products in the Western U.S. over the next few years.

Read the full petition announcement.
Read the rulemaking petition text.
Learn more about the Endangered Species Act and the EPA's proposed plans.

Related: chlorpyrifos registrants » EPA petition » ESA » ESA restrictions » proposed restrictions » agricultural stakeholders

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